OTTB on Tap

by Niamh O'Connell and Emily Kocubinski

A podcast about all things related to Off Track Thoroughbreds, written and produced by Emily Kocubinski and Niamh O'Connell

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Ep. 13: What's a price tag? The value of buying an OTTB from a trusted reseller

    Ep. 13: What's a price tag? The value of buying an OTTB from a trusted reseller

    What's in a price? Let’s talk about the taboo topic of pricing an OTTB. Join us as we dive deep into the world of Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) and the often misunderstood practice of buying from resellers. Hosted by Niamh and Emily from OTTB on Tap, this episode features a candid conversation with Jessica Redman, founder of Benchmark Sporthorses, as we dissect the intricacies of determining the fair market value of OTTBs. ***spoiler alert, Niamh also gets to fulfill her long-held dream of becoming a game show host! You'll have to listen for more details!*** Exploring a topic that's often and polarizing within the OTTB community (and on social media), we aim to demystify the process behind setting price tags on off-track Thoroughbreds after they leave the racetrack. Jessica shares invaluable insights into the exhaustive efforts, financial investments, and enormous risks that resellers undertake to ensure the well-being and success of these horses beyond the racetrack. From assessing conformation and pedigree to evaluating temperament and potential, we unravel the layers involved in determining the true worth of an OTTB. Through Jessica's expertise and firsthand experiences, listeners gain a deeper understanding of why trusted resellers play a crucial role in bridging the gap between racetrack retirement and second careers in various disciplines. Whether you're a seasoned equestrian enthusiast or simply curious about the OTTB world, this episode challenges preconceptions and sheds light on the dedication and passion driving reputable resellers like Jessica Redman. Tune in to discover the untold stories behind the price tags and uncover the real value of buying an OTTB from a trusted source. Don't miss out on this thought-provoking discussion that's sure to reshape your perspective on the OTTB market. Join us for "What's in a Price Tag? The Value of Buying an OTTB from a Trusted Reseller" now! #Podcast #offtracktb #OTTB #Resellers #HorseRacing #EquineIndustry #HorsePodcast #Sporthorses #PodcastDiscussion #OTTBonTap #OTTBpodcast

  • Ep.12 -- Go Slow To Go Fast: Unlocking The Power of Bodywork for your OTTBs Transition w/Alisa Pitt

    Ep.12 -- Go Slow To Go Fast: Unlocking The Power of Bodywork for your OTTBs Transition w/Alisa Pitt

    Join us on this episode of OTTB on Tap as we delve into the world of post-track transitions with Alisa Pitt from ALP Equine, an equine bodyworker specializing in Off-the-Track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs).In this insightful interview, Alisa shares her expertise on guiding OTTBs through their crucial first year off the racetrack. We explore the importance of evaluating an OTTB's needs right upon arrival, focusing on essential aspects such as overall comfort, hoof care, emotional well-being, dental care, gut health, and the significance of a comprehensive wellness workup by your veterinarian..As we progress through the critical phases of transition, Alisa sheds light on the 3-6 month post-track period, where horses experience a natural letdown from endorphins. She discusses appropriate types of work and how to address past injuries and adhesions through targeted bodywork, including myofascial release and trigger point therapy.Moving into the 6-month to 1-year post-track timeframe, Alisa emphasizes the transition to more discipline-specific work and the importance of regular wellness checkups. We explore topics such as saddle fit, relaxation techniques, and the profound mantra: "the slower you go, the faster you go," highlighting the significance of patience and gradual progress in unlocking your OTTB's full potential for success in disciplines like eventing, dressage, or show jumping.Tune in to gain invaluable insights into supporting your OTTB's journey from the track to a fulfilling second career, guided by Alisa Pitt's wealth of knowledge and experience in equine bodywork and rehabilitation.

  • Ep. 11 -- My First OTTB: All the Mistakes I Made (and a few things I did right)

    Ep. 11 -- My First OTTB: All the Mistakes I Made (and a few things I did right)

    Description: Join Emily and special guest Niamh in Episode 11 as they delve into the highs and lows of Niamh's first OTTB ownership experience with Riley. From the excitement of acquiring a horse to the challenges faced during their first year together, Niamh opens up about the mistakes she made and the valuable lessons learned. Emily, who played a pivotal role in Riley's journey, shares insights into the retraining process and the eventual parting ways with this special OTTB. Tune in for a candid conversation filled with wisdom for anyone considering or currently navigating the world of off-track Thoroughbreds.

  • Ep. 10 -- OTTB Aftercare Spotlight: After The Races

    Ep. 10 -- OTTB Aftercare Spotlight: After The Races

    In this week's episode, we chat with Bonnie McRae, founder of 501(c)3 non-profit organization After The Races, a rehabilitation and rehoming program in Elkton, MD. We get to know Bonnie and her fascinating background, we learn about how and why she started After The Races, and get down to business discussing their current capital campaign to save their farm. They are currently at risk of losing the farm that they've called home for the last 6 years. We're excited to share the story of After The Races and support them in their fundraising efforts. All photography with permission from Bethany P Photography

  • Ep.9 From Racetrack To Show Ring -- Using Exercise Rider Smarts When Restarting OTTBs

    Ep.9 From Racetrack To Show Ring -- Using Exercise Rider Smarts When Restarting OTTBs

    In this week's episode, We delve into the journey or Emily Daignault-Salvaggio, a former exercise rider at the track who transitioned into the world of showjumping. Discover how her experiences, including competing at the Retired Racehorse Project have uniquely shaped her perspective on buying horses. Gain insight into the intricacies of her selection process, as she draws from her track background to make informed decisions. Join us for an engaging discussion on the profound impact of Emily's experience at the track on her approach to acquiring and training horses. Emily gives us a unique blend of expertise and personal anecdotes to highlight some of her favorite OTTBs over the years. Photo credit: Jim McCue and JAS Photography https://www.theracingbiz.com/2013/05/17/preakness-memory-scrappy-t-afleet-alex-and-things-that-go-bump-in-the-day/